Police: Officer injured in Wednesday foot pursuit, taken to Albany Med; Two arrested in burglary


SCHENECTADY A city police officer was injured pursuing suspects in a Wednesday burglary and then taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment, police said.

The officer, identified as Jonathan Govel, suffered a knee injury in the pursuit, leading him to be taken to Albany for treatment. He was awaiting an MRI Thursday, police spokesman Sgt. Pat Irwin said.

Arrested in the case were Shalan I. Price, 38, and Annie L. Ortiz, 33, both of Schenectady. They each face charges of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, felonies. Price also faces a charge of second-degree assault.

The incident began just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday as officers responded to the 600 block of Crane Street for a report that a resident had been burglarized and there existed video of the suspects, Irwin said.

Officers arrived to find one suspect, Ortiz, hiding in the backyard and they took her into custody, Irwin said.

A National Grid worker in the area then relayed to officers that a second suspect was seen running toward Second Avenue. Officers found that suspect, Price, but he fled on foot. Officers ultimately took him into custody at 845 Broadway, Irwin said.

It was during the pursuit that Govel was injured, Irwin said.

Price and Ortiz are accused of entering the Crane Street residence and taking property valued at $2,000. The burglary charge was increased to first-degree as someone – the officer – was injured while Price fled, according to the allegations.

Price and Ortiz were arraigned and ordered held on bail, Price on $35,000 bail, Ortiz on $5,000 bail. They remained in custody Thursday.

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